War History Signage, Kokoda Track

Update 28 October 2018: Much has been written about our involvement in this project since we completed the installation in May 2016. There has been a lot of criticism of how the language was phrased and what the political motivation was for the language. Also criticism of how I referred to our first trip to Port Moresby, Port Moresby is a confronting city and rated as one of the most violent places on the planet. It accosts the senses with its obvious social inequity. When the security agency describes recent events of rape and brutal assaults you cannot help but experience fear. I think you have to understand the context before you judge that comment. We were briefed in Australia and it was made clear that if we breached our security responsibilities our contract would be terminated. First day, first hour we were shepherded into the offices of a local security agency and briefed on the dangers of insecure roaming in Port Moresby. We were equipped with mobile phones with all the security contacts and two-way radios as direct contact with security in case of an emergency. We were to go nowhere without them. Graphic tales of brutal abduction, rapes and assaults followed. On our team were three women and two men. It was a confronting and downright scary introduction to Moresby. After 5 trips to PNG, Port Moresby became less confronting and more intriguing. There were the security guards outside every restaurant, hotel and shop. The signs were still there but with Nathan Lati … Continue reading War History Signage, Kokoda Track